Photo/Illutration Staff at Komagome Hospital in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward await their turn for COVID-19 vaccinations on March 5. (Pool)

Tokyo reported 293 fresh cases of COVID-19 on March 6, down from 337 confirmed the previous Saturday.

The daily average of new cases for the week ending March 6 was 267.3, or 99.3 percent of the previous week, indicating a slowing down in the decrease of new cases.

Of the latest cases, 68 patients were in their 20s, 44 in their 40s and 43 in their 30s.

Seventy patients were aged 65 and older, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government.

Fifty-one patients displayed serious symptoms that require ventilators or an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which circulates blood through an artificial lung. The figure represents an increase of two from the previous day.